Originally posted on Draft Board Insider  |  Last updated 6/1/12

Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.

Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.

Kansas City Chiefs-The Chiefs are a proud franchise with a long rich history, and I can say living in the heart of Chiefs country one of the most passionate and loyal fan bases in the NFL.  I’ve been to many games at Arrowhead and it doesn’t matter if they are 8-0 and 0-8 the place is packed and it’s loud.  I grew up watching the Chiefs and so I feel like these 4 guys are great representatives of what makes the Chiefs who they are.  But I know Chiefs fans, and so I expect strong opinions.

  1. Len Dawson, QB-Arguably the greatest player in franchise history.  Franchise leader in passing yards as well as touchdowns and the leader of 3 AFL Championship games and 1 Super Bowl Championship(which he was the MVP).
  2. Derrick Thomas, LB-This probably isn’t the most popular pick, but for me, Thomas is the 2nd greatest edge rusher I’ve ever watched play.  In 1990 he got 20 sacks in only 15 games.  He was as unblockable as any player that’s ever played in the game.  Every 3-4 Rush OLB in the league should aspire to try and be what Thomas was.
  3. Tony Gonzalez, TE-Gonzalez might still be playing at a high level in Atlanta but that does not diminish as a Chief.  Not only a consummate professional but he performed year after year at an elite level regardless of how little talent was around him.
  4. Willie Lanier, LB-I only saw Lanier play in replay, but his talent was extraordinary.  8 all pro selections in 11 years,  he was the centerpiece of a Chiefs defense that won Super Bowl IV with 7 tackles and 1 int.
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